Blacksville, W. Va. – The Clay-Battelle softball team defeated Moorefield in a decisive Game 3 Friday night, winning 6-5 to qualify for state tournament for the first time in school history.
Cee Bees ace Caitlyn Kassay went the distance, striking out 13 hitters in the win. Kassay, speaking with a blue-Kool-Aid-dyed tongue after the team’s unique celebration, said it’s an amazing feeling to head to the state tournament.
“Oh man, that is unlike any other feeling I’ve ever felt in my life. I just knew that I had her in that last count, when it was two strikes on her, I was like we’re winning, we’re going. And then, honestly, I can’t lie, I blacked out I was so excited. I was like wow, we really did it,” she said.
Her head coach said after the game that he thought Moorefield was the favorite in Single-A heading into the year, and his team defeated the Yellow Jackets to make their first trip past the regional round.
“I think we showed our resiliency, and we showed our growth as a team. And the character of each of our players. And I’m really proud of them. I don’t know that it’s sunk in yet about a state tournament,” said Butch Varner
Additional post-game comments can be found here.